Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Books (August 2018)


Happy Tuesday! It's one of my favorite days of the month because I love sharing what I have been reading and then linking up and finding more books to read! :) I set a goal at the beginning of summer to read 18 books between Memorial Day and Labor Day and I finished out reading... 26! I'm hoping for the Fall months to read at least 6 books a month, but we'll see since we have a  lot more in our schedule. Ok onto the 8 books I read this month....

First up was Crazy Rich Asians. So I had looked into this book awhile ago and didn't really think it sounded like something I would be interested in. Then I saw previews for the movie and decided that I would be totally interested but had to read the book first. 
This book is about three super rich Chinese families and a lot of gossip and scheming when the son of one of the families decides to bring his American born Chinese girlfriend home for the summer. The book alternated between a lot of different characters (I definitely had a hard time keeping track of who was who) and is told from lots of points of view. I really liked the storylines for Nick and Rachel (the son who brings his girlfriend home) and Astrid (Nick's cousin) but didn't care for much else so I was torn with this one.

I read Ali Wentworth's book Go Ask Ali and loved it so I couldn't wait to read this one. I would say this book was so so for me. I enjoyed parts of it and others didn't interest me at all. It was a quick and easy read though.

I love all things about simple living etc so this book was perfect for me! The author, Brooke McAlary, is on a mission to help people create a life filled with things that really matter to them, and this book gives practical advice and some insights into that. Some of it I already knew but some really got me thinking, and I walked away with some practical tips and just encouragement in general to live slower!

This book is just what the description says on the book-practical advice and encouragement for shaping the next generation of women. I enjoyed this book, the insights, the encouragement, and couldn't believe how much I have actually forgotten from being a little girl up to high school etc. I think I say this every time I read a parenting book and this is no different-I take some advice and leave some, but overall, I enjoyed this book!

It's been awhile since I've read a suspenseful book, and I could not put this one down. Zoe Whittaker is living a great life in New York City. She is married to a wonderful man and has everything she could ever want right at her fingertips. But what no one knows is that five years before, Zoe had walked away from a dangerous life, changing her identity and rebuilding a new life in NYC. In this book, Zoe's past and present collide, and she is left wondering who she an trust and who she really is. I loved this book! There were twists, it was a quick read. and I thought it wrapped up really well.

This may just be my favorite book this year. I've had this book on my list for awhile and it sat on my nightstand even longer because the description wasn't all that enticing for me, but I had heard good things about it. Well I finally gave it a chance, and I was hooked! The description does not even do the book any justice and is actually pretty vague considering the intensity of this book. Without giving to much away, a woman named Lily begins to build her life in Boston and meets a gorgeous young neurosurgeon and eventually falls for him. During this time, Lily comes across and begins reading her old diary entries, and we are introduced to her first love from when she was 15. As you can probably guess, while falling in love with the neurosurgeon, she runs into her first love. I'm going to stop right there so I don't give anything away, but I loved this one. It was intense, emotional, it sucked me right in, I felt really invested in all of the characters, things caught me off guard, and I am still thinking about it. I also have to say it wraps up really well too!

Last month, I read Sean Lowe's book, and he obviously talked about Emily Maynard so I wanted to read her book when I saw she had one out. This book was just ok for me. I enjoyed reading a little of her backstory and about her time on the Bachelor and the Bachelorette, but I would say she was pretty vague. I definitely learned a lot more about experiences on the Bachelor and Bachelorette with Sean Lowe's book.

This book is about a woman whose husband disappeared five years prior and was finally declared dead by the state of TN. Around the five year anniversary, a few people enter the woman's life and she starts wondering even more what happened to her husband. This book alternates between a few different perspectives and time frames (her husband's included). I read through the entire book having no clue what happened, who was good and who was bad, etc. And of course, there were a few twists at the end of the book that I didn't see coming. While I really liked reading through this book, the ending left me with a lot of questions and I didn't feel like it wrapped up all that great. I needed more closure I guess :)

That's it for August. What have you been reading lately?!

Linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

16 comments:

  1. WOW! Congrats on your summer reading goal! I read Colleen Hoover's new book, All The Perfects, this month and it was okay. You might like it better than I did, but I absolutely LOVED It Ends With Us. I think I read it last year. Enjoy your day!

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  2. I loved It Ends With US. LOVED. I think Crazy Rich Asians is one of those series that are ridiculous and that is what makes them enjoyable.

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  3. I didn't know Emily Maynard had a book! Now I've GOT to read it!

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  4. I loved The Vanishing Year! I was totally into the JT Elison as in couldn't put it down but overall just okay.

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  5. Go see Crazy Rich Asians, it's one of those that because of all the characters it works better onscreen when you can see the different people. :D I believe The Vanishing Year is already on my TBR, if not, it's getting added!

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  6. so, i felt the same about crazy rich asians, didn't sound like my jam but then i saw the trailer and i *must* read the book before watching the movie, so i bought it. hopefully i can keep my expectations low-ish lol.

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  7. I'm reading Crazy Rich Asians right now and am really enjoying it, but also having a hard time remembering the characters. I haven't read very many thrillers lately so I'm going to add The Vanishing Year to my tbr!

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  8. No One Knows definitely sounds like the kind of book I'd enjoy

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  9. I have that Colleen Hoover on meh Kindle forever. Ill get to it soon!

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  10. Great reviews-so many books on my reading list now. I def want to read the Raising Girls book!!

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  11. I am currently reading Slow! I loved It Ends With Us but basically love almost everything Hoover writes. I wasn't a fan of Crazy Rich Asians, but will watch the movie when it comes out on DVD. I added The Vanishing Year and No One KNows to my to read list. Suspense/thrillers are my favorite genre.

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  12. Great job reading so many books this month! August was definitely a big reading month for me too! I wasn't a huge fan of Crazy Rich Asians, I definitely felt like it will be a better movie! The Vanishing Year sounds great and just up my ally! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. I loved Crazy Rich Asians!! The movie was also soo good!!

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  14. I totally forgot that Emily Maynard even wrote a book!! I feel like she was on the Bachelorette like aaaaaggggggeeeeessss ago!

    http://ziggylife.com/reading-lately/

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  15. I just added Colleen Hoover's book to my list. I have never read one by her, but your description has me wanting to get this one now. Thanks for sharing your reviews!! I also put Sean Lowe's on my list now too. :)

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